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Working Connections Child Care Update

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under Policy & Legislation

Photo by Virginia Eader

Photo by Virginia Eader

With the 2013 legislative session underway, major budget and policy decisions are being considered for the 2013-2015 biennial cycle.  An issue that School’s Out Washington has always and will continue to track and advocate for is improvements in access and funding for the Working Connections Child Care program. While often spoken about as an early learning issue, nearly 40% of children on child care subsidies are school-age.

We are committed to ensuring that a family’s income is not a barrier to accessing high-quality afterschool programming and the Working Connections Child Care program is vital to supporting families with 5-12 year olds who need financial assistance to provide enriching learning opportunities during non-school hours.

The Washington State Budget & Policy Center provides more information on WCCC in yesterday’s blog entry.  Don’t forget about the school-agers though, we sure won’t as we hit the pavement in Olympia this legislative session!

We’re in Olympia today, in fact, for Have a Heart for Kids Day.

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